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REPORT – The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s report “A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion’s future

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s new report “A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion's future´ confirms that the steady production growth in fast fashion is intrinsically linked to a decline in utilisation per item, leading to an incredible amount of waste.

It is estimated that more than half of fast fashion production is disposed of in under a year, and one garbage truck full of textiles is landfilled or burnt every second.

This ‘take-make-dispose’ system is not sustainable, and if nothing is done – the report predicts, these severe weaknesses are expected to grow exponentially with dramatic environmental, societal, and economic consequences, ultimately putting industry profitability at risk.

The four proposed solutions include:

  1. Phase out substances of concern and microfibre release
  2. Transform the way clothes are designed, sold, and used to break free from their increasingly disposable nature
  3. Radically improve recycling by transforming clothing design, collection, and reprocessing
  4. Make effective use of resources and move to renewable inputs

The full report can be found at this link.